Human beings have been making glass for the last 3,500 years; the earliest recorded examples of glass-making come from ancient Egypt, dating back from about 1350 BC. But we’re sure the ancient creators of glass did not have as much of a problem with glass smears and cloudy appearances, because clear glass was only invented by the Romans many years later.
The point is, if the Romans could manage to have beautiful clear glass to sip their drinks from, then there’s no reason that you shouldn’t be able to in this day and age. Wouldn’t it be fantastic if you had a foolproof guide on hand, that detailed exactly how to take care of your glassware so that it always looks like new?
Well luckily for you, that’s exactly what we’ve done.
Let’s start with how you use your glasses. There’s not much to explain here, but you might want to remember that the irregular structure of the glass is what makes it ‘clear’, but also makes it quite susceptible to something termed as ‘thermal shock’. No, this is not the name of a seedy action movie, but it is a term that describes what happens when glass changes temperature too rapidly and tries to expand or contract abruptly to accommodate the change in temperature, thus causing it to crack. This is why you must never use your glasses to boil liquids, nor must you pour very hot liquids in them, unless the manufacturer specifically says you can. There’s not much you can do with a chipped or broken glass apart from throwing it away, and that’s always best because minute glass fragments might get into your food or drink. Also, the chip or crack may house disease-causing bacteria and germs that are very difficult to get rid of, even in a dishwasher.
When loading your glasses into the dishwasher, load them into the top rack away from the dishes and other crockery. You might need to lower the rack in case you want to fit in taller glasses or load glasses with a long stem. The loaded glasses must not touch each other because they will most certainly knock together and crack. Make sure to use Finish Quantum Max as well as Finish Rinse Aid Shine & Protect to get the most out of the wash. Quantum Max imparts the cleanest shine to your glasses and protects them from cloudiness or dullness, thanks to the product’s unique glass protect action. The glass protect action neutralizes the compounds that cause cloudiness over time. Rinse Aid removes spots from the glass and removes any marks, so that you don’t need to rinse them again or give the glasses a wipe after they emerge from the dishwasher.
You can store your glasses two ways: lip up, and lip down. Resting the glass on its lip prevents dust and other nasties settling inside the glass, while having it stand on its base means the lip of the glass does not get contaminated by the dust and grime at the bottom of a cupboard. The latter way also reduces the chances of the glass being chipped. We suggest using a thin, clean cloth to line the bottom of the cupboard before placing the glasses lip down on it. This prevents any dirt from adhering to the glass’s rim, and there is no space for dust and dirt to settle as well. And though it takes up less room, do avoid stacking your glasses because stacking creates scratches and chips, and even a vacuum that prevents the glasses from being pulled apart.
So these are a few simple things to keep in mind when looking after your glasses to ensure that they stay clean and shiny always.